HOT WEATHER

Overheating in dogs is serious and can lead to Cardiac arrest.

The hottest period of the day tends to be 12pm-3pm so we will avoid walks where possible then by moving walks earlier. If this is too early for you in regards to getting back from work, please be prepared to look at my day care or 1-2-1 walk options as an alternative.

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Signs of Heat Exhaustion:

  • ·      Excessive panting

  • ·      Your dog collapsing.

  • ·      Experiencing  convulsions.

  • ·      Vomiting,

  • ·      Diarrhoea.

  • ·      Glazed Eyes.

  • ·      Gums or a tongue that turn blue or bright red.

  • ·      Excessive drooling.

  • ·      A rapid heart rate.

  • ·      Dizziness or lack of coordination.

  • ·      Fever.

  • ·      Lethargy and loss of consciousness.

Tips

  • ·      Don’t push your dogs to do too much.

  • ·      Ensure sure they get lots of opportunities to rest in the shade and have lots of water.

  • ·      Don’t leave your dog in the car.

  • ·      If you leave a damp towel for your dog we can take this with us and drape it on them for the travel.

  • ·      If your dog has long hair or a thick coat, then for some breeds such as Goldendoodles, Labraadoodles, Portuguese Water Dogs, Poodles, Yorkshire Terriers, Newfoundlands, St. Bernards, Bernese Mountain Dogs a trim from a professional groomer can be helpful.

  • ·      You can rub your dogs paws with rubbing alcohol to help cool them. (Ask your vet.)

  • Please leave a towel and hose or whatever is appropriate for your house and pet easily available if you wish for your dog to be washed down and dried off.

  • A little paddling pool with cool water and a fan can be great at home.

High Risk Dogs Include:

  • Dogs with thick coats or long hair.

  •  Young pups and old seniors.

  • Brachycephalic breeds—ones with short noses/ flat faces.

  • Overweight dogs and those that suffer from medical conditions.

  • Very lively dogs like working breeds (E.g shepherds, spaniels…)

What to Do if Your Dog Is Overheated

Vetstreet recommends the following steps to treat heat exhaustion in dogs:

1. Immediately move your dog to a cooler area, either indoors where there is air conditioning or in the shade under a fan.

2. Use a rectal thermometer to check his temperature. Heat exhaustion typically occurs when a dog's temperature falls between 103 and 106 degrees. A temperature above 106 places him at risk for heat stroke. If he's in the danger zone, call your veterinarian.

3. If you're near a body of fresh water, such as a lake or a baby pool, let your dog take a dip to cool down. Otherwise, you can use cool, wet cloths or towels to help him out. Place your cool wet cloths on his neck, armpits, and between his hind legs, and you can also gently wet his ears and paw pads with cool water.

4. If he's conscious and willing to drink, give him cool, fresh water. Don't force it, however, as it may end up in his lungs. If he can't or won't drink, or can't keep water down, wet his tongue with water instead. Don't feed him ice cubes, which could cause his temperature to drop too quickly, leading to shock.

5. Get him to the vet. If you haven't already done so, call ahead so they can be ready to take immediate action as soon as you arrive.

In the event of extreme weather where it is not safe to walk or collect your dog there will be no refund as this will count as a cancellation in less than 48 hrs. If you are not home yourself and I can safely get to you I will come and visit your dog for a brief house visit instead. For more info please see our Terms of Business.